Filipinos are known for being resilient in the face of storms. It comes with living in a natural disaster-prone country like the Philippines—we’re so used to dealing with it. Every time a typhoon hits your area, you’ve got no other choice but to remain strong no matter how badly you’re affected.
Resilience is an admirable trait that helps us withstand tough situations. But have you ever considered being steps ahead of any disaster?
Typhoon preparedness should be the Filipinos’ way of life to minimize the impact of disasters on lives and properties. The Philippine Red Cross encourages Pinoys to always keep in mind the four Ps of disaster management: predict, plan, prepare, and practice.
Protect yourself, your family, and your home against the adverse impact of an impending typhoon in the Philippines. Keep in mind the following tips from the Red Cross, Office of Civil Defense, Department of Health, and National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on what to do before, during, and after a typhoon.
What to Do Before a Typhoon in the Philippines
Photo from Philippine Red Cross Facebook page
Here’s a checklist of the things you need to do when there’s an upcoming typhoon in the Philippines:
- Monitor weather reports and don’t ignore rainfall warning alerts you receive through text.
- Make your own lifeline kit consisting of essential items like food, money, documents, and toiletries that should last for two to three days.
- Ensure you have enough food and water supply.
- Keep the following items handy in case of a power outage: battery-operated radio, flashlights, spare batteries, rechargeable lamps, and candles.
- Check your home for anything that needs to be fixed or secured, such as a leaky roof and trees that need to be trimmed.
- Park your car in a higher place (like in a mall’s parking space) if you live in a low-lying area.
- Secure your pets in a safe place.
- Evacuate immediately and calmly—if there’s an order from your local government unit or if you live near a body of water or mountainsides—to avoid flash floods and landslides. Close all windows and switch off your main power supply.
- Make a plan for staying in touch with your family during a typhoon.
- Keep your phones charged.
- Prepare a list of emergency hotlines to call:
- National Emergency Hotline: 911
- NDRRMC: (02) 911-5061 to 65
- Red Cross: 143 / (02) 790-2300
- MMDA: 136 / (02) 882-4151 to 77
- PNP: 117 / (02) 723-0401
What to Do During a Typhoon
To ensure your family’s safety and survival, here are the dos and dont’s to remember during a typhoon in the Philippines:
- Stay at home or in a safe place. If you really have to leave your home, avoid areas that are prone to flooding or landslides. Watch out also for flying objects and debris.
- Cancel all travels and outdoor activities. Practice safe driving during a typhoon if you really have to go somewhere.
- Wear dry and warm clothes.
- Keep yourself updated on the latest weather news.
- Secure your important belongings in a high ground.
- Don’t wade through the flood to avoid leptospirosis and other water-borne diseases, as well as electrocution.
- Keep children from playing in the rain or swimming in the flood.
- If you run out of potable water, make your available water supply safe for drinking by boiling it for 3 to 20 minutes.
- Keep all food and water containers covered and sealed.
- Keep lit candles and gas lamps out of reach of children and pets.
- Consult a doctor right away when you or a family member is sick or has symptoms of a disease.
What to Do After a Typhoon
When the storm has passed, you still have to remain alert for any risk. According to the Red Cross, it’s crucial to be self-reliant during the first three days following a disaster like a typhoon in the Philippines. This is when water, electricity, and communication lines are usually non-existent.
Here’s a to-do list you can refer to during the aftermath of a typhoon in the Philippines:
- Leave the evacuation area only when the authorities declare that it’s safe to return home.
- If your home was ruined by the typhoon, check first if it’s safe and stable before entering.
- Watch out for live wires or outlets submerged in water.
- Don’t plug in and use appliances and other electrical devices that have been flooded.
- Remove water that has accumulated in containers, cans, tires, and pots to keep mosquitos from breeding.
- Report any damaged electric posts and cables to the authorities.
- Inspect your vehicle for any damage caused by flooding.
- Keep monitoring the news for any new typhoon in the Philippines.
Better be safe—and prepared—than sorry. Rather than doing nothing before a disaster happens, take a more proactive approach in securing your loved ones and properties. Take note of what to do before, during, and after a typhoon in the Philippines. This way, you can reduce the extent of any damage caused by a disaster.
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